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Address: Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely...
The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome. Inside, a multimedia show immerses visitors into Nimes' heroic past using the the most cutting-edge resources. The visitors become heroes of Nîmes themselves and the Maison Carrée becomes a gateway to the past and history of Nîmes.
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Great from outside - less so inside

An architectural marvel, this temple warrants inspection from all sides. If you have the '3 attractions' ticket, worth popping inside for the 15-20 min high quality historical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Very impressive-the Square House is dedicated to Caius and Lucius Cesar. It is the only fully-preserved temple of the ancient world. It is a beautiful structure with elegant columns with Corinthian capitals. A short 23 minute film augments one of the most interesting sites in Nimes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

An architectural marvel, this temple warrants inspection from all sides. If you have the '3 attractions' ticket, worth popping inside for the 15-20 min high quality historical video on the beginnings of Nimes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I bought the ticket with which I could also do the Nimes Arenas and the Magne Tour. The Square house is only one room showing a movie... the movie is interesting, but I wouldn't have mind not doing it. Also, it was a bit suffocating inside.. quite hot and humid, no good ventilation and I was feeling like if there... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is an amazing intact 1 century AD Roman temple. It has never been destroyed and all the walls, columns and roof are intact. You walk in and you really get the feel of the scale of the building and can experience it in many ways as Roman Gauls did. This is one of my favorite ancient places in France.

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Jonestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

One of the best preserved Roman temples in existence. When I was here in 1999, it was free, and you could check out the inside as well, granted there wasn't much to see inside. Now you pay to go inside, to ONLY see a movie ( in a made up theatre, you can`t see any of the original inside anymore),... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Walking just a few blocks from the Arenes des Nimes, (Colosseum), we found ourselves admiring the recently cleaned La Maison Carree Temple. Centuries old grime has been removed to the point where you wonder if this is a new structure. It is beautiful and magnificent. The exterior is very ornate and definitely worth a brief walk around and up the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Visited twice (probably with a 20+ year gap in between). Still, for me, absolutely wonderful outside. Don't know what it is; the dimensions, the form, the stone or even the square it sits in. It seems magnificent and, oddly, soothing. (I'm worried I'm going all arty now!). In my mind, ranks as highly as the Pantheon in Rome. Clearly the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Impressive building and the information boards help to illustrate what the original buildings would have looked like. The Norman Foster designed square includes where pillars would have been. inside the building is used to show a film about Nimes and Roman history which was well made and informative. The film runs every half an hour. We bought a ticket that... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

You can also view a thirty minute film showcasing the history of the city, emphasizing the Roman origins. However, there's not much else to do here, short of taking some photos of the lovely exterior.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

we had read that this was not a place with entering and we did not. It is an outstanding piece of Roman architecture patterned after the Temple of Apollo and can be easily view from outside and from each side.

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